EUGENE, Ore. — Opportunity Village became a reality; a plan just more than a year ago, it now has residents.
Opportunity Village currently has 14 residents and they’re all excited to be a part of this growing project. So far, they’ve helped build micro houses and are hoping to transition into a more permanent situation moving forward.
“As soon as you wake up, man, we’ve got coffee rolling,” said resident and board member Mark Hubbell.
The mission’s simple.
“This is a safe environment. This is one of our core values. We want to provide a very safe environment for you to relax,” Hubbell said.
Opportunity Village has come a long way. It all started more than a year ago with getting a conditional use permit for the land from the City of Eugene. Last Friday, the idea became a reality.
“Many of the units you see around me, the bungalows in particular, in one day through a group of volunteers from Thrivent Financial Services,” said Dan Bryant, Opportunity Village President.
On Saturday the group built even more. For residents like Hubbell, having this opportunity is something that is hard to come by.
“You are now free to go. This is your home. You can come and go as you please, carry out activities you need to during the day,” Hubbell said.
People who call the village home have gone through an application process.
“We look for people who are going to be a good fit in the community, who will work well with others. People who are committed to the basic rules: no violence, no drugs or alcohol,” Bryant said.
So far, everything’s coming together.
“We have over 110 applicants and we have about 20-25 spots. So already we have four to five times the number of applicants as we do space available,” Bryant said.
“You’re gonna see a positive change in these folks and through that and if they affect positive change in somebody else they meet in the street, it’s an ongoing circle,” Hubbell said.
Bryant says they’ve already had three people come through, gotten situated and moved onto something permanent. He expects the remaining 20 to 25 spots to fill up within the next month or two.